Food design & research > Test systems

Detect water vapour in packaging

05 June, 2018

A new standard is providing a way to test for water vapour transmission through flexible barrier materials using electrolytic detection sensors.


What do hatching chicks and food safety have in common?

04 April, 2018

Eggshells seem so fragile but so robust at the same time, and scientists from McGill University said this is all down to the eggshell's nanostructure.


Stopping norovirus

12 March, 2018

Norovirus — the scourge of the cruise ship and, lately, the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Winter Games.


Vaccines fail to protect farmed fish from disease

31 January, 2018

Vaccines used by commercial fish farmers may actually be doing more harm than good.


The sound of good bubbly

13 December, 2017 by Nichola Murphy

A new study suggests you may be able to differentiate between a high-quality glass of champagne and cheap bubbly just by listening to the sound of the bubbles.


The smell of death is a dead giveaway

08 December, 2017

By detecting decay compounds such as cadaverine at very low levels, a newly developed bioelectronics sensor can alert users to rotting food before the stench becomes obvious.


Flies carry more harmful bacteria than suspected

27 November, 2017

Researchers studied the microbiomes of 116 houseflies and blowflies from three different continents and found they carried over 600 hundred different species of bacteria.


Can sunlight stop E. coli in its tracks?

20 November, 2017

Treating wastewater with solar irradiation shows promise in reducing two E. coli strains, but a resilient strain persists.


European research program tackles foodborne zoonoses

06 November, 2017

A European research program that aims to develop and share scientific knowledge on issues such as foodborne zoonoses will be coordinated by ANSES, the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety.


Particle & Surface Sciences POLA 2000 applications

24 August, 2017

Particle & Surface Sciences' POLA 2000 has been modified to include extra applications.


Campylobacter causes the most foodborne illnesses in Denmark

03 July, 2017

Just because Campylobacter caused the most foodborne disease in Denmark doesn't mean you can't still get Salmonella from your pet snake.


Characterising 'normal' milk

30 June, 2017

To minimise the chances of the global milk supply being impacted by safety breaches, IBM and Cornell University are using genetic sequencing and big data analytics to characterise milk.


How E. coli chats

23 June, 2017

They can't use smartphones or Wi-Fi, but bacteria have evolved some seriously complex strategies to communicate with one another. And the resulting interactions are a delicate balance of cooperation and, in some cases, competition. Biologists have uncovered a new way that bacteria lay siege to neighbouring cells by hijacking two factors involved in protein synthesis.


A taste for whisky

09 June, 2017

Whiskies might vary in taste and smell, but they are so alike in chemical composition that most analyses can't tell two similar brews apart.


Improving foodborne disease surveillance on a global scale

09 June, 2017

Roughly 10% of people fall ill each year after eating contaminated food but identifying the source of the contamination is not simple, especially as symptoms sometimes only become evident weeks after the pathogen-containing food was consumed.


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